At the MercyOne Iowa Heart Vein Center, we make it a priority to remind you to take care of yourself all year long, but especially in September during Self-Care Awareness Month. Self-care can come in many forms — exercising, taking a nap, seeing friends and family or even watching your favorite movie or television show.
The important thing to remember when practicing self-care is to not feel guilty about doing so. It’s not selfish to make your health a priority. But remember: Your self-care may be different than how others practice, so don’t try to push your methods onto others if they do not seem open. Try these tips to get started today!
Build a healthy foundation.
With every health initiative, it’s important to lay the groundwork to make it a routine in your life. Get adequate sleep, eat a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Not only do these practices help with self-care, but they can also increase your health during the process.
Avoid triggers and stress.
Practicing self-care is all about avoiding triggers and stress to make yourself happier and more relaxed. Spending excess time on social media and your cellphone may increase your stress, so take a break from those distractions.
Additionally, it’s OK to say “no” if you don’t want to do something. Taking on too many commitments can add extra stress that you don’t need.
This is where self-care really takes shape. Take time to do something you enjoy. Play a game, watch a movie, meditate, read a book or take a hot shower. Whatever you enjoy doing that helps you relax, do it!
Move your body.
Get your blood pumping and heart rate up by moving. Exercise can help release your endorphins that fight off stress and pain and improve your sense of well-being. Activities such as walking, hiking, yoga, recreational sports and stretching are all great ways to be active.
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